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  • 1. By: Floribeth Panay – Cuison MCS, DIT© Assistant Prof. IV DMMMSU – SLUC
  • 2. -online journal where an individual, group, or corporation presents a record of activities, thoughts, or beliefs -“To blog” is the act of composing material for a blog. -The “blogosphere” is the online universe of blogs. -Easy to create and update -Blogger – Google platform: 3 easy steps!!!
  • 3. * USAToday :160 million blogs in the world, * a new blog created every second, 1.98 million adults say they have created blogs; 2.65% of internet users read blogs 3. 102 million adults who read blogs 4.3 million new weblogs are created every day
  • 4. Types of blogs used in language teaching
  • 5. *Teachers use blogs: - as self-reflection journals, reflecting their teaching experience and recording personal experiments and achievements - for recording Web sites links and information they would further use in class - as a professional development tool
  • 6. *requires more time and effort from the teacher to both set up and moderate, *the most rewarding *each student creates an individual blog *the student's own personal online space. *Students write about what interests them, * and post comments on other students' blogs *Great tool to develop reading an writing skills
  • 7. *A shared space, with teacher and students being able to write to the main area. *a collaborative discussion space * an extra-curricular extension of the classroom for a deeper reflection on themes touched upon in class. *Students are given a greater sense of freedom and involvement than with the teacher blog. *A very good example is Barbara Dieu's 'Bee Online' http://beeonline.blogspot.com/)
  • 8. ESL Class Blogs -well structured guides to authentic online resources: *a positive effect on learner motivation. *provide authentic cultural information. *provide exposure to real language. *relate more closely to learners ' needs. *support a more creative approach to teaching.
  • 9. -Life long knowledge is created by each learner individually - through processes of accommodation and assimilation, individuals construct new knowledge from their experiences
  • 10. -Derry (2000) - mental devices that support, guide, and extend the thinking processes of their users. -Learning with technology (as opposed to learning through technology) -Computer-based tools that are intended to engage and facilitate cognitive processing -function as intellectual partners with the learner in order to engage and facilitate critical thinking and higher-order learning
  • 11. - empower the learners to think more meaningfully and to assume ownership of their knowledge, rather than reproducing the teacher's. - are learner controlled in the sense that they construct their knowledge themselves using the tools rather than memorizing knowledge
  • 12. Classes of "mindtools“ or cognitive tools: * semantic organization tools (databases and concept mapping tools), * dynamic modeling tools (spreadsheets and microworlds), * visualization tools (MathLab and Geometry Tutor), * knowledge construction tools ( wikis and blogs), * socially shared cognitive tools (computer conferencing ( forums) and computer-supported collaborative projects, blogs, wikis)
  • 13. How can ESL/EFT teachers incorporate Cognitive Tools to teach English?
  • 14. *an effective learning tool for ESL students *develop learner’s autonomy *display links to valuable cognitive tools available online
  • 15. 1. Online Dictionaries (with visual and audio/pronunciation features) Merriam-Webster online dictionary, http://www.m-w.com/ , VisuWords, http://www.visuwords.com/ 2. Grammar Girl: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/default.aspx 3. Online Essay Map: http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/student_ material.asp?id=63
  • 16. 4. Puzzlemaker, http://www.puzzlemaker.com (a Web-based service, with a variety of puzzles to choose from (Letter Tiles, Crosswords, Fallen Phrases). Kelly's Multiple Choice HTML Quiz Generator, http://a4esl.org/q/h/help/write- mc.html (which may be used to generate interactive self-study quizzes, where the sample questions are replaced with one's own.).
  • 17. 5. Slideshare - the world's largest community for sharing power point presentations on the web http://www.slideshare.net/ TeacherTube – an online community for sharing instructional videos http://www.teachertube.com/
  • 18. *Jeopardy Game Templates : http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/PowerPoint.htm *ESL Web Quests: -http://zunal.com/webquest.php? user=4636 -http://www.techtrekers.com/webquests/
  • 19. *- be designed as a working space for students *- provide links to all the cognitive tools you want them to use *- display students’ work *- encourage collaboration and feedback exchange *- integrate authentic resources *- encourage students to participate as co-authors